- Kansas court panel to consider blocking school funding law Updated: May-07-15 2:29 am
TOPEKA, Kansas - A court panel in Kansas is considering whether to block a new education funding law at the request of four public school districts that contend the statute distributes state aid in ways that harm programs for poor and minority students.
- Oregon may end self-serve gas ban - but only in rural areas Updated: May-07-15 2:16 am
SALEM, Oregon - Oregon is one of only two states where motorists aren't allowed to pump their own gas. The other is New Jersey.
- Asian shares sink after Wall Street drop, US economy fears Updated: May-06-15 11:04 pm
TOKYO - Asian markets drooped Thursday after comments from the U.S. Federal Reserve chief fanned fears about the American economy and sent Wall Street lower.
- As Obama visits, Oregon delegation divided on trade Updated: May-06-15 10:47 pm
SALEM, Oregon - President Barack Obama's trip to Oregon Thursday and Friday will highlight trade, an issue that has divided the Democrats in Oregon's congressional delegation.
- Colorado lawmakers conclude work with testing compromise Updated: May-06-15 10:33 pm
DENVER - Colorado lawmakers concluded the 2015 legislative session Wednesday by passing a major education overhaul that reduces student testing statewide, one of several substantial bills they finished hours before they adjourned.
- Arkansas officials update revenue forecast Updated: May-06-15 9:11 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - Arkansas officials Wednesday revised the state's general revenue forecast for the current fiscal year, predicting a 2.1 percentage point increase over the previous forecast.
- Oxfam America presses SEC on drafting disclosure regulations Updated: May-06-15 8:53 pm
BOSTON - The aid group Oxfam America is pressing federal officials to draft regulations aimed at requiring U.S.-listed oil, gas, and mining companies to publish what they pay to governments for access to natural resources in foreign countries.
- Man got $70,000 for 3 months' work on Atlantic City finances Updated: May-06-15 8:28 pm
ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey - One of two men appointed by Republican Gov. Chris Christie to help turn around the city's troubled finances was paid about $70,000 for just over three months of work.
- NC House OKs freezing renewable energy demands on utilities Updated: May-06-15 8:23 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - A renewed effort to freeze the percentage of North Carolina's retail electricity sales required to come from renewable sources or efficient efforts passed the state House on Wednesday
- Train hauling crude from ND oil patch derails, catches fire Updated: May-06-15 8:20 pm
BISMARCK, North Dakota - A train that derailed and caught fire early Wednesday in rural North Dakota was hauling crude from the state's oil patch, raising questions about whether new state standards intended to reduce the volatility of such shipments are sufficient.
- Committee approves payday loan regulation Updated: May-06-15 8:13 pm
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - An Alabama House committee on Wednesday approved new restrictions on payday loans that short-term lenders can offer to consumers in need of quick cash.
- Kansas House panel mulls sales tax hike to close budget gap Updated: May-06-15 8:04 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Kansas lawmakers considered a proposal to increase the state sales tax Wednesday as the Legislature gathers ideas to close a looming budget deficit.
- incentives to improve Montana broadband to cease this summer Updated: May-06-15 7:59 pm
HELENA, Montana - In the state with some of the slowest broadband speeds in the nation, Montana lawmakers refused this year to pick up where federal stimulus programs are leaving off in funding improvements to the state's Internet, phone and cable services.
- Budget committee approves cigarette, business tax increase Updated: May-06-15 7:41 pm
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - A budget committee on Wednesday approved more than $100 million in tax increases- including a 25 cent per pack increase in cigarette taxes - that are part of a House GOP plan to address a looming state budget shortfall.
- SC Senate makes little progress on 3rd day of budget talks Updated: May-06-15 7:37 pm
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - With debate stuck on the best way to spend an expected revenue increase, senators have made little progress on South Carolina's $7 billion spending plan.
- New Nebraska budget boosts property tax relief to $408M Updated: May-06-15 7:17 pm
LINCOLN, Nebraska - Nebraska lawmakers agreed Wednesday to set aside even more money for property tax relief amid predictions that state revenue will grow faster than expected.
- Inslee says much work to do before budget deal is reached Updated: May-06-15 7:07 pm
OLYMPIA, Washington - Gov. Jay Inslee says that while there have been some proposals exchanged between the House and Senate, there is a "long, long ways to go" before a budget deal is reached.
- Bill advances, requires new parents get infant sleep info Updated: May-06-15 6:49 pm
HARTFORD, Connecticut - A bill that would require Connecticut hospitals to provide parents of newborns with information about safe sleep practices has cleared the state Senate.
- Texas lawmakers advance abortion bills with little debate Updated: May-06-15 6:49 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - Abortion is again seizing the spotlight at the Texas Capitol - but largely only in small doses that haven't drawn the kind of heated debate and high emotion that dominated last session.
- Gov. Nixon OKs easing taxes for Missouri-based companies Updated: May-06-15 6:47 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Service and technology companies based in Missouri will have the option of calculating their taxes in a way that supporters of the measure say avoids double taxation.
- Oklahoma governor signs tobacco-free schools bill into law Updated: May-06-15 6:46 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma's public schools and off-campus school-sponsored events will be tobacco-free zones under legislation signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Mary Fallin.
- Indiana school referendums get mixed results from voters Updated: May-06-15 6:46 pm
BROWNSBURG, Indiana - School superintendents in southwestern Indiana and an Indianapolis suburb explored their options Wednesday after voters rejected tax increases in their districts.
- Campaign seeks to help consumers pick safe blinds, shades Updated: May-06-15 6:40 pm
WASHINGTON - Trying to figure out which window blinds or shades are safe to buy for homes with young children?
- Iowa Senate approves health and human services budget Updated: May-06-15 6:28 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - The Democratic-led Iowa Senate approved a $1.9 billion spending plan Wednesday for state health and human services departments, which includes an oversight committee to watchdog the governor's plan to privatize Medicaid.
- Lawmakers advance bill that limits options under FoodShare Updated: May-06-15 6:23 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Wisconsin lawmakers have pushed forward a measure that would restrict products available to food stamp recipients.